Organisers of the IW Story Festival have promised that the 2021 festival will go ahead between Wednesday 17 and Saturday 20 February – whatever the covid restrictions prevailing at the time.
Like last year’s inaugural event, the festival offers an opportunity for children and families to engage with well-known authors and illustrators, and will be opened by the festival’s Patron, Nicholas ‘Queen’s Knickers’ Allen. Nicholas is the author and illustrator of numerous bestselling picture books (including ‘The Queen’s Knickers’) and promises that his session will not only include reading and illustration, but magic illusion and chocolate!
It is hoped that many of the sessions will run live, with small, covid-safe audiences at a venue in Newport and live streaming on Facebook and similar platforms to allow more families to join in the fun. Whatever happens, the organisers promise that there will be some special story-related open-air happenings around Newport for all families to enjoy.
Other authors appearing at this year’s festival include ‘Alex Sparrow’ creator, Jennifer Killick, the fabulous multi-award-winning author/illustrator Neal Layton (who, as well as illustrating his own books, has worked with the likes of Cressida Cowell and Michael Rosen), inspirational author Roopa Farooki, and football-fan and former reluctant reader, Tom Palmer.
There will be sessions from many wonderful Island-based children’s writers and illustrators too – including Blue Peter award-winner Kieran Larwood, Jules Marriner, Zoe Sadler, Kathryn Rossati, Debbie Webb and Peta Rainford.
But stories are not just in books, and there will be storytelling with the likes of Sue Bailey and Harrison Wavell and performance poetry with Adam Gatterell, lots of arts and crafts and much much more!
Keep an eye on the website https://www.iwstoryfestival.com for up-to-date information and tickets.